"Don't look back.
For 6 weeks but still!
Around this time a year ago (photo above shows the hair transformation was real) my boyfriend, Trey, and I made the trip from Oxford, Mississippi to Atlanta, Georgia to visit his family. We had both done this trip many times before but this trip was different. Both of us were anticipating summer school so we decided we would make an effort to explore parts of Atlanta we had neglected. We ended up having lunch at Ponce City Market and then went to the High Museum of Art. Now I know I'm dramatic but I actually fell in love this day. Obviously not just with Trey but with this establishment! The exhibitions had a mix of classic artists and contemporize new comers. There was an educational center focused on Eric Carle's illustrations at the time with a long list of events, making it the perfect place for everyone. Leaving the High, I immediately started applying for positions. Months passed and passed with no response. Yet here I am now, after my first days of training working at the High Museum of Art as a Camp teaching artist.
This is a dramatic blog post for me but this has also been SUCH a teachable moment for me. I've fallen witness to many people jumping on the first opportunity to come to them and while I didn't do this I looked down on myself. "Why haven't you found a full time job yet? Do you really think a job in art is going to happen? Just give up." These words would ring in my ears. Today I don't hear that at all. Today this is what I hear.
"Discover the things you love and go after them, even if it's taking you a little longer than others. You don't need to doubt yourself just because someone's highlight reels look different then your's. Believe you are doing great things. Even when months go by and seems like there's not chance it'll ever happen. Take a risk. Even if it's in city that is completely unknown in a lot ways only for a limited time, try it and take it. Also if you're going to take it, take it because you love it and because you couldn't picture your life without it."